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I have an almost 10month old female desexed Shepherd and an almost 4 month old male not desexed. Holly and Buddy both get along really well and will actually cry if not together.

My issue is this most of their socialisation with other dogs has been while we are out walking as we dont have a local dog park etc There is another dog owner of a small yappy dog who never has his dog on a leash and on numerous occassions it has run at Holly barking and growling. Normally she wouldnt react other than to stop and sit in front of me as if to protect me ( or my teen son who sometimes walks her) she also does the sit and protect with my son who has Aspergers if people come to close as I do believe she feels him tense up. Now since Buddy has arrived home a month ago she has become super protective of her pack including Buddy and us. If this same dog even comes near us barking or even not barking Holly will bark and lunge at it. She has never had formal training but just what we have taught her sit stay drop etc

Now I need to work out if she is becoming an aggressive teenager or if she is simply protecting her pack ? ( There are a lot of new dog walkers out and about as well now the weather has cooled down here in Australia ) I do have both dogs booked into lessons next month but I wonder if it would be best to have them at different lessons so Holly doesnt try and protect Buddy who she loves like her own pup. Holly has never had a litter but she just adores Buddy:wub:
 

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My puppies are about the same (same sex etc) the girl will be a year next week and my intact boy is 6 months old. (We're waiting to send him in)
Anyway both did puppy K , she did obedience one. I do think you should do class alone with them just because that pup will get all of your attention..it's hard enough to enforce your rules with two learning. But we'll worth it!
My girl went thru a phase went she barked at everything- she had to learn sounds from threats---not that she has ever had a threat lol..I think it comes will age a bit. When she barks I check it out and tell her "it's ok good job" or "enough" and she has learned to settle down.but is always on alert.
She would def jump into action if need be.
My boy is also extremely protective of me. I have to be in sight on him
I socialize everyday with them, I'm lucky enough to be able to take them to work and they sit in my office and great everyone. It's funny everyone remembers having a GSD when they were a kid.
But if the dogs don't like someone I take their cue because they are so outgoing.
They need lots of exercise my puppies love to run.
Training training training thats what everyone told me and I have to agree.
Good luck and enjoy your pups!!


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At 10 months old, your pup most likely exhibiting fear aggression. She is thinking, "I don't know what exactly I'm supposed to do at this point. I'm not sure if that person/dog is a threat and it's not clear to me how I'm supposed to act. If I bark and show them that I'm brave and mean, maybe they won't come any closer!"

This is the perfect time for you to step up your leadership and let her know what YOU expect from her. You shouldn't want her to exhibit signs of aggression, especially since you have children. Seeking professional help will help you and your pup grow.
 

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Definitely separate lessons. That way each pup gets full attention and as you think may happen, no guarding issues can occur. I would also walk them separately for now, at least until you have worked Holly through this behavior. That way Buddy can't pick up some of Holly's habits.

Begin training Holly to sit/stand/walk beside you, instead of in front. I have a fearful dog and in that position, I am able to move and block him before he makes a decision that he has to 'protect'.

Something else you can do even before classes begin is LAT.
 
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